Leonard Bernstein
An American Life

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Leonard Bernstein - An American Life


Follow the links below to learn more about Leonard Bernstein and the world of classical music:

Leonard Bernstein–Official Website
Explore the life and legacy of one of the 20th century's greatest American composers, Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990). In addition to rich biographical information, this official site includes a link to the Music Division at the Library of Congress where the "Leonard Bernstein Collection" is housed. This extensive collection offers online access to music and literary manuscripts, correspondence, audio and video recordings, fan mail and other materials that document the extraordinary life and career of Leonard Bernstein.

In addition, visitors to the general site can access Bernstein's catalogue of musical compositions; personal correspondence including telegrams, notes and letters; and chronological timelines that highlight key events in Bernstein's life. There's also a section devoted to the popular "Young People's Concerts" featuring entire scripts from many of the programs.

West Side Story

The official website of Leonard Bernstein's best-known work invites visitors to read about the original concept, view photographs from various productions including the original 1957 Broadway production, read excerpts from Leonard Bernstein's production log and much more.

Classics from the Silver Screen
An index of classical and opera music (sorted by movie title and composer) used in feature films.

America's Story from America's Library
Designed with young people in mind, this site offers great stories about amazing Americans, including Leonard Bernstein.

Classical Composers
This database offers information on over 2,000 classical composers.

Classical Works

Devoted to the love and knowledge of classical music, this site offers history pages, bios, links and more.

Essentials of Music
Site features overviews of six main periods of music history, brief biographies of 70 composers, and a glossary of 200 music-related terms and their definitions.

Songwriters Hall of Fame
Created by the National Academy of Popular Music, this site offers biographies, discographies, recommended recordings and more for over 300 inductees.

Classical Notes
This tribute to Leonard Bernstein covers the composer's early years, influences and recordings.

Fan Faire - the Webzine that Celebrates Music
Site offers a chronology of Bernstein's life in music — from his early years to his tenure with the New York Philharmonic to the last 20 years of his life.

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)
Visitors will find information on many of the artists ASCAP represents as well as industry news, profiles, interviews and a searchable catalogue of audio portraits.